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Columbia River Fishing

Columbia River Fishing- A guide to news, reports and information for Salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing for the Columbia River

Introducing Legion’s Mercy

Legion's Mercy at daybreak. West Mooring Basin

The past few weeks we’ve had some amazing fishing out of Astoria. I haven’t seen early ocean fishing like this for awhile – a flat ocean, beautiful weather, and mostly limits of salmon make for a perfect day on the water. But we decided to throw in something new while we’re out on the ocean […]

2022 Columbia River Summer and Fall Salmon Seasons

Beautiful Chinook Salmon at Buoy 10 on the Columbia RIver.

The 2022 Columbia River Summer/Fall Salmon and Steelhead seasons have been set. This is a joint effort with WDFW and takes some coordination each year. Increased numbers on this year’s fall salmon forecast are giving us a summer salmon season, a longer fall salmon season throughout the Columbia River, and a 3 fish bag limit […]

Summer Astoria Sturgeon Fishing is in Full Swing

Family fun while trophy sturgeon fishing in Astoria.

Columbia River Estuary The Columbia River Estuary is a unique fishery where the river meets the sea, and its brackish water provides some of the best fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, possibly in the world. While many know of the Buoy 10 Fall Salmon fishery that begins Astoria 1st in August, fewer people know […]

2022 Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon Season

4 happy guys with their Columbia River keeper sturgeon

**UPDATE: Columbia River Keeper Sturgeon Season Extended Today the ODFW/WDFW Joint Compact added 2 more dates for Astoria sturgeon retention. These additional dates are Wednesday, June 8th, and Saturday, June 11th. All other previous regulations, as described below, remain in place. It’s finally here! The day we’ve all been waiting for with anticipation. The 2022 […]

2022 Buoy 10 Fishing Forecast

3 guys and a gal with their Buoy 10 salmon

This is the time of year when Buoy 10 Salmon and ocean abundance numbers for Astoria begin to get tossed around. While numbers aren’t official, I’m hearing some really good things for this year’s possibilities. Like, REALLY good things. Chinook Salmon I’ll start with Chinook. We’re looking at a Preliminary Forecast of about  500k Chinook […]

Columbia River Fishing Forecast – Spring and Summer Salmon

A nice spring chinook caught on the Columbia River

In the first of many forecasts to come over the next couple months, the Columbia River fishing forecast for Spring and Summer Summer was just released by ODFW. The preliminary numbers for the 2022 run are looking good, especially the Spring Chinook and Summer Sockeye numbers of almost 200,000 each! Add in Summer Chinook and […]

2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set

A lady holding a nice spring chinook

2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set The 2022 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season has officially been set. From March 1st – April 6th, the Columbia River will be open for Spring Chinook fishing from the Buoy 10 line in Astoria upstream to Beacon Rock. With Cowlitz and Lewis River returns similar to […]

Final Countdown to Buoy 10 Fishing

Grandpa and granddaughters with Buoy 10 Salmon

It’s the final countdown to the Buoy 10 Salmon Season on the Columbia River, and we can’t wait to see what the 2022 season has in store for us. We’ve been looking forward to this popular fishery for months, and the time is finally here! The river opens for fall salmon fishing this Monday, August […]

Astoria Sturgeon Fishing- Tarpon of the Northwest

A nice big sturgeon from the Astoria estuary on the Columbia River

*July 2022 Update* Now through the first week of August may see some of the most action-packed days of sturgeon fishing of the year. We have 3 more weeks of Trophy Sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River in Astoria before we switch over completely to fall salmon fishing at Buoy 10.  Over the weekend we […]

Columbia River Fall Fishing

Columbia River Fall Chinook Salmon

The Columbia River reopened for fall salmon fishing on September 19th, four days earlier than planned. We took advantage of the extra days, and enjoyed some great days on the river. Today 3 additional Keeper Sturgeon dates were announced, adding more fishing opportunities on the river. Columbia River Gorge Fall Salmon The Columbia River Gorge […]